A peek at WordPress 2.7

I’ve had a copy of the WordPress nightly builds since WP 2.5 RC1 went out because I want to be one of the cool kids who’s “ahead of the pack”. But it just sat there, gathering dust. I never thought of updating it until Matt Mallunweg talked about WordPress 2.7 at WordCamp. I was so excited that I updated it once I got home and did not go around to testing and seeing the new features until someone in the mailing list commended the developers for the new comments thread feature.

One update later and I’m testing the thing locally (yay!) and so far, I say that I like it.

Documentation

I think they’re planning to integrate the codex to a WP install, am I right? Either that or they’re too lazy to type in the correct link, I’d like to believe that it’s the former just because that would be nice. That way I don’t have to keep on trying to remember the URI of WordPress codex, so lame, believe me, I know. And don’t forget a search box!

Help integrated in a WP Install?

Help integrated in a WP Install?

Now it’s cute and all but I see a potential problem to it and that is — tons of files to download/upload. It seems that the 5 minute install is no longer true, it will if you don’t include the time you need to download then upload the entire thing (I’m not a big fantastico fan, sorry). But then again, maybe they are going to create a way to connect the install to the codex database? Or whatever is more appropriate name for it.

Dashboard

Dashboard

Dashboard

The new dashboard layout sure is clean but somehow, I kinda miss the “blogs who linked here” and “recent comments” panels. Sure, they’re filled with splogs and comments dating 2 months back but I kinda like it that way. Or maybe not.

Content

Media Library

I love that you don’t have to go to the Write Post page just to upload a photo, ’cause you know, sometimes you just want to upload a photo because you’re too lazy to open your FTP program. I really like the new media library (which was, no offense, kinda worthless before).

Media Library Panel

Media Library Panel

I wonder if an upload video feature is so far-fetched. Or is it even unthinkable because the file size is so huge and why would you want to host your own videos anyway when there’s youtube, revver, vimeo and likes now?